Updated Dec 30, 2020
MVAS is closely following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health. Depending on future recommendations, our policies may change.
Is that light at the end of the tunnel we see? Possibly. In our last Notification, dated Sep 16, 2020, the school indicated it expected to commence classes on Jan 1, 2021. In the Jul 3, 2020 Notification, we set specific requirements for the reopening of the school which are listed below. Sadly, none of these have been met.
- A viable vaccine for COVID-19 must be available. The vaccine must be effective, safe, affordable and accessible for all.
- Adequate testing for COVID-19. Testing must be reliable and accessible to all who wish to be tested. If the students and instructor can test prior to the class and thus guarantee their COVID free status, then classes can resume in safety.
- A significant reduction in US COVID-19 cases nationally. Contact tracing and quarantining is all but impossible with the current 50,000 – 100,000 new cases per day. If the situation becomes a manageable one, then the school can start reassessing the possibility of reopening classes.